3 Important Reasons Why You Should Stop Avoiding A Visit To An Eye Doctor

When is the last time that you had a dental checkup or a physical? What about having an eye exam? If you're like most people, it's probably been a while since you've gotten a physical or had your teeth checked out but you may not have had your eyes looked at since you were a kid. As you get older, eye exams become more and more important. Even if you think that you can see perfectly, there are a number of reasons why you should have your eyes checked by a professional. Some of these reasons include:

Vision acuity check

Of course, the main reason why people visit an eye doctor is because they've noticed that they have problems seeing things. But if your vision has faded slowly, you may not remember it being much different in the past. Without annual eye exams, it's completely possible that you've become slightly nearsighted without realizing it. Being nearsighted doesn't mean that you can't see anything at all if it's far away, it simply means that what you do see is less distinct. You may still be able to legally drive like this, but it's probably safer for everyone concerned if you do get a pair of glasses to at least wear while driving. 

Early diagnosis of eye diseases

One of the risk factors for many eye problems is being at or near retirement age. However, it is still possible to have various eye diseases even if you're still relatively young. A good eye doctor will be able to tell you which, if any, diseases you are at risk for. He or she can also give you a list of potential symptoms that you should be aware of. Although some eye diseases still have no cure, their spread and the consequences can be halted with the intervention of modern medicine.

Identification of risk factors

Aside from the actual diagnosis of various eye diseases, an eye doctor can also tell you what risk factors apply to you and your lifestyle. For example, you may not have heard before now that high blood pressure can actually damage your eyesight. If you have a family history of something like glaucoma or macular degeneration, your eye doctor will not only be able to look for signs of these diseases he or she will also be able to give you a list of lifestyle changes that can help prevent or slow the progress of these issues.